With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle commencing, staff members are frantically working on the last-minute wedding reception details, including the royal cake that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex picked out. This morning Kensington Palace shared an inside look at the delicious looking creation at Windsor Castle.
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The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding
London-based pastry chef and owner of Violet Bakery, Claire Ptak, was announced as the lucky chosen one to bake the most important wedding cake of her career back in March. Now, a month later, it’s finally time to take on the monumental task. As of earlier this week, preparations had begun on Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake (AKA the most famous wedding cake of the century)!
“And so it begins,” Ptak captioned a photo on Violet Bakery’s Instagram account with the emoji of a lemon. The photo featured six large crates of lemons sitting on a counter in the bakery.
When the news was shared by Kensington Palace that Prince Harry and Meghan had chosen Ptak to do the honors of being their wedding pastry chef, they also shared details on the type of wedding cake they were planning on–which explains the massive shipment of lemons to Prak’s bakery.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 20, 2018
According to The Palace, the couple has asked Ptak to create, “a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright [flavors] of spring.” The famous cake will be, “covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” The cake sounds as if it will taste like a bite of springtime in your mouth.
Ptak’s baking style also, “focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes,” which is important to Meghan.
But that’s not all that Ptak shared with us. The baker has been satisfying our royal wedding interests with other photos on her Instagram account that appear to be for the royal wedding on Saturday.
On the same day that Ptak shared the lemon photo, she also posted an image of a pretty little white cake with the caption, “Petal perfect.” While she isn’t exactly confirming that this cake has anything to do with Prince Harry and Markles’, it does appear to be covered in buttercream frosting and topped with fresh flowers–the exact plans for the royal wedding cake. Perhaps it’s a test run for this weekend?
While the plans for the royal wedding cake may not seem very shocking at first, the selection is actually quite groundbreaking.
Here’s why–Ptak is not a London-native. The pastry chef was actually born and raised in California (just like Markle). Markle got to know the dessert chef when she was working under Alice Waters at the well-known Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In fact, Markle even interviewed Ptak once upon a time for her lifestyle blog (that has now been removed from the internet), The Tig.
All along, Markle has been hinting towards her wedding plans and we didn’t even know it! We can only imagine what other hints the now-deleted blog had to offer about the royal wedding plans.
“I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding cake. Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavor, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of,” Ptak said in a statement upon being selected as the chosen baker.
Ptak boasted about the news on her Instagram account saying, “Kinda excited to announce this one!!” the bakery posted on Tuesday. “Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle @kensingtonroyal. They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course flavor! Xxx.”
Some people are not very happy with Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding cake baker selection and took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Users are calling out the royal couple for breaking tradition and “ending the monarchy.” While others are saying that it’s just a cake.
In other words nothing traditional will be followed by this couple… pic.twitter.com/ZU47W0Mhxp
— Feel it Tweet it!❤✋ (@LiZaisatweetie) March 20, 2018
Nope! it's the beginning of the end of British culture and monarchy and their destruction is omnipresent in the least details. From unbelievable it has become very worrying
— Swati (@Facfortia) March 20, 2018
In a closing statement, Kensington Palace concluded, “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.”
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